21st Annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering at the Glendale Main Library

Glendale, Ariz. –– Kick-start a performing career or just enjoy the music during the 21st annual Arizona Songwriters Gathering on Saturday, January 28, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Glendale Main Library, 5959 W. Brown St.

“It’s not only a great day for people looking to write music, but also for anyone who wants to just come down and listen to everyone play,” said programming librarian Ivy Jarvis. Over seventy musical performances are scheduled in and around the library, including an informal round-robin style jam session for musicians to share their tunes.

Through a day of workshops, critiques and performances, musicians and industry professionals will offer insight on writing songs and breaking into the music business. “No matter what type of music you want to write or play, you’ll find someone here to help you out,” said Jon Iger, a former Capitol recording artist and co-founder of the Arizona Songwriters Association, which collaborates with the library to produce this free event.

For the past 40 years, his persistence and commitment have built the organization into one of the strongest and most respected songwriter associations in the industry.   Through contacts made at association events, some songwriters have placed their songs in major television series and movies or had major label acts record their music.

Although the event is free, don’t leave your wallet at home. “Bring some spending money! Lacy and Wendy’s Mobile Wood Fired Pizza Oven will be onsite offering delicious made-to-order pizza,” said Jarvis. In addition, the Friends of the Library will be hosting a fundraiser booksale and 50-50 raffle. All proceeds from both the raffle and the booksale will benefit the library.

The gathering will wrap up with a concert by the multi-talented Mayer, Arizona duo known as D-Squared. Weaving together poignant lyrics, earth-rooted melodies and stark, hypnotic rhythms, their music combines guitar, mandola, banjo and Don Charles’ low, resonant voice with the folk harp, concertina, accordion and the beguiling vocals of Deb Gessner (who is also the artist responsible for creating the library’s award-winning bronze sculpture “The Irrigators”). During the performance, Don and Deb will talk about the stories and processes behind their music.

Songwriting workshops include:

  • Songwriting 101: Jon Iger, Randy Brown, Rhonda Hitchcock, Cara Desvigne, and Shelly La Bash will offer a panel discussion on the basics of writing songs and lyrics.
  • Q&A Session with Music and Entertainment Attorney, James Marovich: Bring your questions about licensing, copyright, releases, trade names, trademarks, and protection of your ideas.
  • Add Spice to Your Music Videos with Easy Green Screen Techniques: Join IndalayTwo music video producers Linda Jane Brown and Randee Mossburg to learn easy techniques with a green screen.
  • Marketing Your Music for Film and Television: Les Scott will provide current information on how music supervisors select music, as well as advice on preparing your recording for presentation.
  • Managing Your Inner Critic and Other Voices Inside Your Head: JoAnn Braheny will present some practical methods for managing doubts and fears that hinder the creative process.
  • More Content = More Opportunity: Thanks to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, network and cable TV, and major and independent films, there has never been more content in production. Join Fervor Records CEO David Hilker and Los Angeles Music supervisor turned Fervor Records A&R guru Jacob Nathan as they discuss the state of the industry.
  • Song Critique Session: Publisher/Producer Les Scott and songwriter Randy Brown will offer positive, constructive feedback on your songs. Bring your song, preferably on CD, or perform live. Two copies of lyric sheets are mandatory.

The Arizona Songwriters Gathering is part of the Express Yourself grant, supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, call 623-930-3573 or visit the library website at www.glendaleaz.com/library.

Press Release written by Paula Stroup, Library Assistant, Senior.

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